Pioneering bionic eyes are being given to 10 blind people

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Ten blind people in the UK are set to be given “bionic eyes” for free by the National Health Service (NHS) as part of a pioneering treatment program.

The Argus II Bionic Eye, made by the company Second Sight, could mean a whole new world of vision for people previously blind through an inherited degenerative disease called retinitis pigmentosa — and potentially pave the way for the technology to enter the mainstream.

The eyes are essentially retinal implants which translate images from a tiny video camera within a pair of eyeglasses worn by the patient into electrical pulses and eventually signals that reach the brain. Electrodes attached to the retina stimulate its remaining cells, which send information on to the brain. Read more…

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Source: Mashable

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